Marker Art #26: Moogle and Chocobo

Moogles and chocobos have been some of my favorite creatures in the Final Fantasy series since the fourth game came out for the Super Nintendo in 1991 (known as Final Fantasy 2 in the US). I came across this FF6-themed sprite of a moogle riding a chocobo, and I just had to recreate the artContinue reading “Marker Art #26: Moogle and Chocobo”

Dad, Dad, Daddy-O: Fathers in Games

It’s Father’s Day again, and what better way to celebrate than to recognize some of the most iconic Dad’s in video games. Can you think of any others worthy of this list? Below are my Top Ten! 10. Taban AshtearChrono Trigger(SNES, 1995) Father to the brilliant inventor, Lucca, Taban Ashtear plays an essential role inContinue reading “Dad, Dad, Daddy-O: Fathers in Games”

Marker Art #24 & 25: Little Nemo and Earthbound

Wanting to speed up the pixel art process, I invested in some graph paper the other day and had to try it out immediately after it arrived. Finally – no more measuring and grid drawing! As a quick test, I pulled up a sprite for Nemo from Little Nemo: The Dream Master (NES, 1990) andContinue reading “Marker Art #24 & 25: Little Nemo and Earthbound”

Marker Art #23: Final Fantasy 4

I talked extensively about my connection to Final Fantasy 4 in my Most Mentioned Games article, and now I’m excited to add a piece of my own pixel art to the wall to doubly represent my love for this game! Final Fantasy 4 (known as Final Fantasy 2 in the US) came out for theContinue reading “Marker Art #23: Final Fantasy 4”

Marker Art #22: Kid Icarus

1987 was a great time to be alive if you were a Nintendo fan. Mega Man, Contra, Wizards & Warriors, Final Fantasy, and Punch-Out were just a handful of magnificent selections that players had from which to choose in a market that wasn’t yet competing with next year’s Sega Genesis. Kid Icarus came to theContinue reading “Marker Art #22: Kid Icarus”

*Marker* Art #19 & 20: Dragon Warrior & StarTropics

Once again grabbing my Ohuhu markers and a couple of 4×4″ pieces of canvas, I decided this time to sketch out some pixel art of characters from two of my favorite games, Dragon Warrior (Originally Dragon Quest, NES, 1987) and StarTropics (NES, 1990). For the latter, I chose to use the sprite from the series’Continue reading “*Marker* Art #19 & 20: Dragon Warrior & StarTropics”

It’s Good To Be The King: Royalty in Games

King me! Legendary kings like Hrothgar and King Arthur have been appearing in literature as early as the 9th-century, and the oral histories of these types of characters reach even further back in time. The Greeks had Zeus, Norse mythology had Odin, and Middle-earth had Aragorn. It wasn’t long before people were creating their ownContinue reading “It’s Good To Be The King: Royalty in Games”

*Marker* Art #18: Black Mage

The last time I busted out the Ohuhu markers to create some pixel art of Frog from Chrono Trigger, I was enamored by the end result. So, I decided to try another project this weekend and settled on the classic Black Mage from the Final Fantasy series! Have you played any of the Final FantasyContinue reading “*Marker* Art #18: Black Mage”

Crayon Art #17: 1982 Atari Classics

The 30th anniversary of Kirby’s Dream Land was just last week, and that got me thinking that there must be games worth celebrating that are now 40 years old! So, I hopped on the google machine to see when my favorite arcade games were ported to the Atari. Lo and behold, many of the Atari’sContinue reading “Crayon Art #17: 1982 Atari Classics”

Crayon Art #16: Bosses of Super Mario Bros 2 (USA)

I’ve always had a special affinity for Super Mario Bros 2 (USA), and I even place it within the top five of my favorite Mario games. In particular, I really appreciated the game’s uniqueness, the ability to play as four different characters each with their own individual attributes, and the atypical storyline that expanded onContinue reading “Crayon Art #16: Bosses of Super Mario Bros 2 (USA)”